US immigration reform talks kickstarted by 2 senators (VIDEO)


US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks during the 19th International AIDS Conference July 23, 2012 in Washington, DC.


Alex Wong

US immigration reform gained traction on Sunday, as two senators launched a bipartisan effort to restart talks on the hotly debated topic. 

Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is working with Democratic Senator from New York Chuck Schumer on immigration reform, said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday.

"It's one thing to shoot yourself in the foot, just don't reload the gun," Graham said, in reference to Republicans declining support among Hispanics. "So I intend not to reload this gun when it comes to Hispanics. I intend to tear this wall down and pass an immigration reform bill that's an American solution to an American problem." 

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"But we have nobody to blame but ourselves when it comes to losing Hispanics," he added. "And we can get them back with some effort on our part." 

"I think we have a darned good chance using this blueprint to get something done this year," said Senator Schumer, Reuters reported. "The Republican Party has learned that being ... anti-immigrant doesn't work for them politically. And they know it." 

Graham hinted that he would put support behind allowing undocumented immigrants to get on a path to citizenship in the United States, as long as the borders were secure and undocumented immigrants "come to the government, pay taxes, speak English and get in the back of the line before they can become citizens," the Huffington Post reported

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